Kim Eun-joong’s eyes are on the 3rd and 4th place matches.
The under-20 (U-20) soccer team led by coach Kim Eun-joong lost 1-2 in the semifinals of the 2023 FIFA U-20 World Cup against Italy held at La Plata Stadium in Argentina on the 9th at 6:00 am (Korean time). lost. 안전놀이터
Kim Eun-joong, who achieved the legend of the semifinals in two consecutive tournaments, will finish the tournament with a match for 3rd and 4th place held at the same place on the 12th.
On the other hand, there is no memory of the Korean men’s soccer team winning the 3rd and 4th place matches in FIFA competitions. During the 2002 FIFA Korea-Japan World Cup, Korea played Turkey for 3rd and 4th place, but lost 2-3 and finished in 4th place.
Israel, the opponent for the 3rd and 4th place matches, is one of the countries that were selected as the ‘team of the blast’ during the tournament. In particular, in the third round of the group stage and the round of 16, he scored a theater goal in extra time in the second half, drawing attention.
In the group stage match against Japan held on the 28th of last month, even though one player was sent off, he scored two goals and succeeded in reaching the round of 16. In the match against Uzbekistan on the 31st, he scored a theatrical goal in the 52nd minute of extra time in the second half and won 1-0.
Subsequently, Israel met with ‘strong’ Brazil, and took a surprise victory after a 5-goal slugfest.
However, it fell to its knees in Uruguay, another South American powerhouse. The score continued to be 0-0 until the first half, but in the 16th minute of the second half, they allowed a goal and bowed their heads. However, in his first appearance at the U-20 World Cup, he made a monumental achievement by reaching the semifinals.
Meanwhile, Israel first drew attention as an international issue before the tournament. Originally, the event was scheduled to be held in Indonesia. However, controversy arose when a conservative Islamic group in Indonesia declared an ‘Israel boycott’ in anti-Israel sentiment. After FIFA stripped Indonesia of the hosting rights, the venue was moved to Argentina. The Israeli national team, which entered Argentina after twists and turns, created a sensation in the stadium.
The match between Kim Eun-joong and Israel will be held at La Plata Stadium in Argentina at 2:30 am on the 12th.